his hour was not yet come

John 8:20

8:20 his hour was not yet come. This is the last of seven occurrences in the Gospel of John of the phrase “not yet” in reference to the time for Christ’s death. See John 2:4; 7:6,8,30,39,39; 8:20. Finally, however, the time did come, as He prayed the night He was arrested (John 17:1). On the cross the next day, He finished the work He had come into the world to do (John 17:4; 19:30).

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